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that lapsed in 2004. and he'd like stricter laws on gun trafficking. but senator schumer, just as i challenged wayne lapierre of the nra very hard when this came up, i challenge you as well with a question of, is this really going to make a difference? and rich lawry wrote something that caught my attention in "the national review." no one can write a law against mothers owning guns that one day might be turned against them by deranged sons who then commit horrific acts of murder-suicide. shooting rampages are hard to prevent because they are so often committed by young men with no criminal records who want to die. these are adult facts that don't intrude on the childish world of white house policy making. he notes adam lanza in newtown, his own mother of course passed a background check. >> here's the bottom line. these laws are not perfect. and you'll always find certain exceptions. but they make a huge difference. every major person who has studied the brady law, which is the most significant gun safety law we've passed in the last 20 years has said it has reduced gun violence dramatically.
and uphold our values through strength of arms and the rule of law. we will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully, not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can lift suspicion and fear. america will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe. and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad. for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. we will support democracy from asia to africa, from the americas to the middle east because our interests and our conscious compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the magicalized, the victims of prejudice, not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes, tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice. we, the people, declared today that the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal. it is the star that g
immigration, he's got overseeing the implementation of the health care law which, of course, hasn't really fully taken effect. he's got energy and climate which is really the big undone story from the first term. he did not get that cap and trade bill. and he's not going to get it which means he's going to he is going to have to turn to regulatory and executive authority to achieve some of his goals there. and because of newtown, and other events, he has seen priorities change, and he laid out an agenda that will be difficult to achieve. that's why he is also trying to use executive authority as much as he can. >> how much time is there to achieve an agenda? is it really limited to two years. >> yes, the term is four years, but really what you're looking at through the 2014 midterm elections and really less than that. once you get to the summer of 2014, members of congress are looking to their real reelections. that's when people see their futures tied to different priorities than the president's, so democratic unity could fray in the later part of 2014. after that, the 2016 election will
brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see america as a land of opportunity. our journey is not complete until all our children from the streets of detroit to the hills of appalachia to the lands of newtown know that they are cared for and cherished. and always safe from harm. progress does not compel us to settle centuries'-long debates about the role of government for all-time, but it does require us to act in our time. with common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom. thank you. god bless you. and may he forever bless these united states of america. >> following the president, the music, poetry and pageantry of the day, beginning with kelly clarkson. ♪ let freedom ring >> then poet richard blanco. >> the "i have a dream" we all keep dreaming. >> and beyonce. ♪ and the home of the brave ♪ the brave >> and when it was over, the presi
, republican state legislatures have passed 135 laws restricting access to abortions. sarah weddington argued the landmark case before the supreme court. >> you may proceed whenever you're ready. >> we do not ask this court to rule that abortion is good. >> reporter: sarah weddington today -- >> now, all of the issue is, but will abortion be available? because at the states, there are so many restrictions being passed. >> reporter: congress has forbidden federal funding for most abortions and only 17 states fund abortion for low income women. and modern prenatal imagery gives abortion opponents a new way to make their case. >> before it was a philosophical argument. now they're looking at another human being saying there's two people to think about. >> reporter: an emotional and legal debate that continues to this day. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >>> big news in the world of education. federal officials say the high school graduation rate is going up. the nationwide average climbed to just above 78% in 2010, the last year with numbers available. there's a lot of work yet to be done
new laws to protect the privacy of people who report crimes. savannah? >> kerry sanders, thank you. >>> highlights of president obama's second inaugural, beyonce's starring rendition of the star spangled banner. was she actually singing it live? stephanie gosk has more on that. >> u.s. marine corps put out a statement saying that no one in the marine band is in a position to assess whether the performance was live or not. the star did rely on a prerecording and the band wasn't actually playing either. by the time beyonce got to the rockets red glare ♪ and the rockets red glare >> there was no doubt she was nailing the national anthem. but the nation, the president and the world watching and listening. ♪ the brave >> now there are doubts that she pulled off the flawless live performance everyone thought she did. >> i don't know about you. i'm always so relieve when they hit it out of the park. that is a hard song to sing. >> reporter: the head of the marine corps band tells nbc news her voice was prerecorded and so was the band. to be fair, it was still beyonce's voice and no on
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